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Synopsys broadens DFM portfolio with SIGMA-C acquisition

Posted: 21 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Synopsys? SIGMA-C Software AG? DFM?

Synopsys Inc. has completed the acquisition of SIGMA-C Software AG (SIGMA-C), a Munich-based company providing simulation software that allows semiconductor manufacturers and their suppliers to develop and optimize process sequences for optical lithography, e-beam lithography and next- generation lithography technologies. The company acquired SIGMA-C in an all-cash transaction of $20.5 million.

According to the press release, the acquisition will enable a tighter integration between design and manufacturing tools, allowing Synopsys customers to perform more accurate design layout analysis with 3D lithography simulation and understand yield issues for effective design-for-manufacturing implementation. As a result, said Synopsys, its customers will benefit from reduced chip re-spins and increased product yields.

"By more tightly integrating design and manufacturing, Synopsys helps design and manufacturing engineers reduce risks associated with complex chip implementation," said Dr. Raul Camposano, senior vice president and CTO of Synopsys. "The acquisition of SIGMA-C reinforces Synopsys' commitment to improving customers' yield by providing yet another critical link in the design-to-manufacturing process. For customers, the benefits are more accurate, predictive modeling capabilities, leading to lower development costs and increased yield."

"At 65nm and below, lithography is a key process step to define critical patterns and control yield variations. Combining SIGMA-C's lithography modeling expertise with Synopsys' best-of-breed EDA, TCAD and DFM solutions is a logical next step in addressing the challenges at advanced technology nodes," said Dr. Christian K. Kalus, founder, president and CTO of Sigma-C.

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